Will face Democrat Michelle Nunn in November.10:30 AM, Jul 23, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Businessman and first-time candidate David Perdue pulled off what the Atlanta Journal-Constitution calls a "political shocker" by winning the Republican primary runoff for the U.S. Senate in Georgia Tuesday. Perdue defeated Republican congressman Jack Kingston, who had the backing of much of the party establishment in Georgia, most of the Republican House delegation, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
The runoff was very close, with Perdue winning by fewer than 2 percentage points and fewer than 10,000 votes. The Savannah-based Kingston dominate in rural south Georgia, but Perdue won nearly every county north of the "gnat" line, which includes the populous metro Atlanta region. Perdue is running to succeed retiring Republican Saxby Chambliss and join fellow Republican Johnny Isakson in the Senate. Neither senator endorsed in the primary.
Perdue is the cousin of former GOP governor Sonny Perdue, the first Republican to win the governor's seat since Reconstruction. Despite this pedigree, David Perdue has never run for office and based his candidacy around this fact. His first ad of the primary season cast his fellow four Republican candidates (all current or former elected officials) as whining babies, with the U.S. Capitol in the background, and Perdue' overall message has been that he is an outsider. In Kingston, Perdue had a runoff opponent who had been in the House of Representatives since 1993.
Perdue and Georgia Republicans now turn their sights to the general election and the Democratic nominee for the open Senate seat, Michelle Nunn. Nunn, the daughter of former Democratic senator Sam Nunn, is also running for the first time and has similarly situated herself as an outsider. Georgia has been voting Republican for state and federal offices for years, and the last Democrat to win a Senate election in the Peach State was in 2000 when conservative Democrat Zell Miller won a special election. Republicans hold the majority of the seats in the state's House delegation, both houses in the state assembly, and all eight statewide elected offices. Furthermore, the GOP presidential candidate has won Georgia the last four elections in a row.
Still, the state's increasingly diverse population may be weakening the GOP's stronghold, and national Democrats see Nunn's run as a possible way to take back a Republican-held seat in a tough year for the party throughout the country.
8:01 AM, May 28, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
In the lead-up to Georgia's July 22 GOP runoff election for U.S. Senate, Congressman Jack Kingston of Savannah has received an endorsement from the Heisman Trophy-winning University of Georgia football legend Herschel Walker. Walker, a Georgia native and star running back of UGA's undefeated 1980 season, says in a new ad from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that he cares "deeply about Georgia's future."
"Thats why I want my friend, Jack Kingston, carrying the ball for us in Washington," says Walker. Watch the ad below:
8:36 AM, May 13, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The Des Moines Register reports:
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce this morning endorsed Iowa's Joni Ernst for U.S. Senate, snubbing Republican rival Mark Jacobs, who has been campaigning on his experience as a business executive.
The news effectively secures Ernst's position as the business establishment candidate, which her backers say is a significant development just 20 days out from election day.
11:02 AM, Apr 29, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Savannah-based congressman Jack Kingston is getting some support in his bid for the U.S. Senate in Georgia by way of a new ad from the Chamber of Commerce. The ad calls Kingston a "consistent conservative." Watch it below:
Kingston, a 12-term House member, earned the Chamber's endorsement for the GOP primary earlier this month.
10:39 AM, Apr 29, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
With a week to go before the North Carolina Republican primary for U.S. Senate, Thom Tillis has broken 40 percent support, according to a new poll. Tillis, the state speaker of the house, has 46 percent support, with top rivals Greg Brannon and Mark Harris receiving 20 percent and 11 percent, respectively. The finding comes from PPP, a Democratic polling firm based in North Carolina.
10:23 AM, Apr 18, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Jack Kingston, the Savannah-based Republican congressman running for the U.S. Senate, has been endorsed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Here's more from the Washington Post:
"Now more than ever we need conservative leaders with a demonstrated record of fighting for Georgia jobs, and that leader is Jack Kingston. As senator, Jack will help lead America’s comeback and lay the groundwork for more jobs, more growth, and a generation of prosperity," said Rob Engstrom, the business group's political director.
12:00 AM, Aug 10, 2012 • By KATE HAVARD
A new study from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce finds that, when it comes to “threatening or disruptive behavior,” union members have far more rights—or, at least, far more license—than their fellow Americans.
11:17 AM, May 3, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The Chamber of Commerce is sending out a new direct mail item on behalf of Indiana senator Dick Lugar, the National Journal reports. "Hoosiers are concerned about job growth...And...Dick Lugar is standing up for Indiana," the mailer reads, noting Lugar's support for building the Keystone XL pipeline and his opposition to Dodd-Frank, Obamacare, and cap and trade. View the mailer here.
1:05 PM, Apr 8, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
At a breakfast with reporters this morning, Bruce Josten, executive vice president for government affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, praised House Budget chair Paul Ryan and his "Path to Prosperity" budget outline, which was released earlier this week.
"We think it is exactly the pathway to a trajectory to get the federal budget spending down to where it’s under control," Josten said. "This is not just touching the third rail, this is grasping the third rail."
4:11 PM, Mar 2, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
“The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing,” Mississippi governor Haley Barbour said this morning to an audience at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “And the main thing is economic growth and job creation.”
Is Obama preparing for 2012?3:18 PM, Oct 13, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Why, oh why, is the Obama administration spending so much time three weeks before the election attacking the Chamber of Commerce? There are different theories.
5:21 PM, Apr 15, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
A couple buddies are in a video contest being held by the Chamber of Commerce to celebrate free enterprise. All three videos below are entertaining and inspiring, so watch them to cheer you on this Tax Day. There's no voting required. They're judged on traffic, so watch and pass along if you like.
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